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A Winter Dream

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From wonderful storyteller and author of the bestselling phenomenon The Christmas Box, a new holiday novel based on the story of Joseph and the coat of many colors.

Joe is forced out of the family business by his jealous siblings. Moving on to another company, he soon becomes chief advisor to the CEO. But when the economy turns, Joe’s siblings need his help to save the fami...more
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Published October 30th 2012 by Simon & Schuster Audio (first published January 1st 2012)
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A. R.
I usually really like Richard Paul Evans' books. And I was genuinely looking forward to this one. I was anxious to see what he could do with a retelling of the Joseph of Egypt story. I was disappointed.

It was almost as if he were rushing to get the story told. Maybe he had a quick deadline. It read like a fact sheet instead of a story of man who was pushed out of his family. There was no time spent on the grief Joseph Jacobson must have felt as he realized his brothers were banishing him from hi...more
Jinky
(2.5)
Richard Paul Evans is one of my favorite authors and I turn to his books for a good feel read. This book had a lot of potential given it aligned with the biblical story of Joseph who was sold into slavery by his brothers. But this Joseph, Joseph Jacobson, was disappointingly passive. He was quick to accept the extortion from his brothers without a fight or question or depth of feeling. Yes, he did it so that his younger brother, Ben, would not face potential jail time but going along with i...more
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Linda
This not really a Christmas book but it does have a few events that take place around Christmas so it could fit.

Richard Paul Evans, as always creates a very believable situation with amazing characters. In this case Joseph Jacobson is the main character, a man with 11 brothers and one sister. They all work at the family ad agency, though not happily in some cases. The jealous older brothers manage to make Joseph go away. He leaves reluctantly but in leaving he finds who he really is and he finds...more
Sara
"Life's greatest lessons are often those we most wished to avoid."

I really enjoyed this book. It is based off of the story of Joseph who was sold by his brothers in Egypt. I found it funny how a lot of the names were the same. I knew where the story was going and when things would change, but it did not take from the story for me. It is a great tale that life does not always go where you plan on, and sometimes we have many surprises and disappointments. But sometimes it is also for the best and...more
Paula  Phillips
I have to say when it comes to inspirational fiction and tales, one of my all-time favourite authors would have to be Richard Paul Evans , his stories though they may be quick reads are utterly amazing and will have you sitting back and thinking as well as leaving the reader captivated as you hurriedly turn through the pages.
A Winter Dream is a modern day rendition of the biblical story "Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat". A hard story to re-capture into modern day but Richard Paul Evans ha...more
Jill
This is the story of dreams, of a man named Joseph, favored son of a man named Israel, and a very special coat. Sound familiar? Of course it does … it’s from Genesis chapters 37-50. It is also from Richard Paul Evans’ long-awaited holiday offering, A Winter Dream. As he did with Lost December last year, Evans gives us a modernized story based on a beloved bible story and does it beautifully. In A Winter Dream, the main character is Joseph Jacobson (Jacob being another name for Israel) and he is...more
Darlene

I discovered Richard Paul Evans last year, when I listened to The Christmas List. I loved it so much that I vowed to read at least one Evans book each Christmas. I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to review his latest holiday story.

A Winter Dream is the modern-day retelling of the biblical story, Joseph and The Coat of Many Colours. In this version, Joseph "JJ" Jacobson is a 29 year-old man. He is the 12th of 13 children with 11 brothers and one sister. His father, Israel "Izzy" Jacobson...more
Heather Scheer
This book was written by one of my favorite authors. Every one of his books has been on the New York Times bestseller list. He seems to take the events out of someone's ordinary life and is able to turn it into a meaningful story.
Joseph Jackson, or JJ as his friends and family call him, has 12 siblings. His father is CEO of the family run advertising business in Colorado. JJ is his father's favorite and has a really keen eye and talent for advertising. His brothers are quite jealous; they belie...more
Louise
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Simon & Schuster|October 30, 2012|Hardcover|ISBN: 978-1-2803-6

The author of the bestselling phenomenon ‘The Christmas Box’ presents a new holiday novel about family, fate and forgiveness. Joseph Jacobson is the twelfth of thirteen siblings, all of whom are employed by their father’s successful Colorado advertising company. But underneath the success runs a poisonous undercurrent of jealousy; Joseph is his father’s favourite son and the focus of his brother’s envy and hatred...more
Danielle
Well, if you know the story of Joseph, or have seen the musical, there aren't many surprises in this book.

However, I don't read Richard Paul Evans for surprises; that's what I have crime novels for. I read Richard Paul Evans for feel-good books that give me warm fuzzies and make me remember why humanity isn't all bad, and on that front, this book delivered.

The only reason I gave it four stars instead of five: I thought the inclusion of April was ... a little unnecessary, honestly. I wouldn't hav...more
Ali Saeeed
Winter dreams should definitely be recommended to every high school student because is one of the best books that was ever published. The book has all kind materials and traits that makes a book interesting and read. Once you read this book you will not be able to stop until the end because the story is very well connected. The book has not hard or difficult to read at all because it is clear and at the same time excited. The author of the book, F. Scott Fitzgerald, did an incredible job making...more
Sharon Chance
I was absolutely charmed by "A Winter Dream." I loved the way that Richard Paul Evans took the Biblical story of Joseph and his coat of many colors and adapted the story for today's readers. Evan's cast of characters are warm and personable, and the fast-moving story draws the reader in from the very first and doesn't let go until the end. It was an enthralling tale.

This is a story of faith, hope, and love, and I personally think it is one of Evan's best books to date!

If you are look for a holid...more
Kathy Chung
the plot is like the bible story of Joseph and the colorful coat. the difference being that it is told with a modern twist. Jealousy, envy and forgiveness are still on the plate.

the first 50 pages or so was not convincing for me. in this modern day how could such an absurd threat makes Joseph drop everything?

I liked the part where Joseph met new friends and his adventures with April. however, I find that it is unconvincing on how Joseph acted after he knew the truth. if it is true love, wouldn'...more
Rebecca
Time after time Richard Paul Evan is a great storyteller. I loved this modernized telling on Jospeh and his Coat of many colors. There are so many great quotes in the book. I loved reading it during this Christmas season. I was drawn to the character and found myself wanting to see where Joseph and April go with their life with raising their children.
Francie
I always love Richard Paul Evans books. Look forward to his Christmas book every year. I haven't read the Walk series but plan too as soon as I can. I never buy his books because my daughter get's them for me for Christmas but I think she has missed out on the series. This book was a modern story of the bible story of the prodigal son .
Chris Norman
I started it one day and finished it the next night. Love when I can do that.
While I'm not a particularly a religious person, I do have a lot of beliefs garnered from several different religions. That said, I love RPE books. Always a good story and usually a quick read, which is a really nice thing once in awhile.

Jennifer
Another great Richard Paul Evans book. I really enjoyed this one and I'd recommend it to all of my friends. It was a simple yet thought provoking story. It's one of those stories that makes you what to do more and be more.
Susan
Oct 05, 2012 Susan marked it as to-read
Don't judge me. :)
Stephanie (StephTheBookworm)
Joseph Jacobson is one of 13 siblings, and happens to be his father’s favorite. Working alongside his brothers at his father’s advertising agency, he can feel their hatred and jealousy. When the opportunity arises, his brothers force him out of the company and banish him from his home in Colorado, unbeknownst to his doting father. His whole life in shambles, Joseph moves to Chicago to rebuild his life at a new agency. Despite the initial loneliness, Joseph soon comes into his own, becoming very...more
Joanne
A couple of years ago my book club read an Evans book around Christmas-time, so I did kind of expect this to be a fluffy book. It did not fail me in that regard, but I have come to expect that with most Holiday themed books. I think that Evans did a good job of creating a modern day story with parallels to the bible story of Joseph and the coat of many colors. He created very believable circumstances, which you don't always find in fluffy novels.

I think Berman did a great job of narrating also,...more
Ricki Jill Treleaven
A Winter Dream is an allegory for Joseph and his coat of many colors story from the Bible. When I was a little girl in Sunday School, this story frightened me more than any other. I'm an only child, and I thought it was so terrible that brothers would treat another brother so cruelly. It almost made me happy to be a lonely only!

In this retelling of the story, Joseph Jacobson, the twelfth child in a family of thirteen children, is the creative tour de force of his family's Denver-based advertisin...more
Mj
A Winter Dream is Richard Paul Evans’ latest Christmas release – published in 2012. Its setting is near and dear to my heart – inside the advertising industry. I very much enjoyed the creative process references and the ad campaign stories. This story like the ad world is full of creative, interesting and dynamic people and takes place in Colorado, New York and Chicago. It is also a family story as the Colorado advertising agency in the book is a family owned business – the principal male charac...more
Denise Oyler
I gave this book 4 stars because I love Richard Paul Evans books. They are a quick read that always leaves you fulfilled. Although, this is not my favorite of his,it still has some inspiring quotes. These are the best part of his books. A few of my favorite are:

"Life is the soil, our choices and actions the sun and rain, but our dreams are the seeds." (Pg 3)

"There can be no betrayal without trust. So should we not trust? No, to do so is a betrayal in itself." (Pg 35)

Re: True love- I wasn't so mu...more
minidmichie
In Colorado there is a successful family owned advertising business. Joseph, the main character, is envied by his eleven step brothers since he is viewed as the perfect son in their father’s eyes. The day that Joseph saves their company from losing a high ranking agency is when the step brother’s have had enough and plan to get rid of Joseph once and for all by blackmailing Joseph’s biological younger brother. This leads to banishing Joseph from the family and the state of Colorado since he doe...more
J
Quick, easy Christmas-themed read. Readable in a single day.

Modern re-telling of Joseph and the coat of many colors. I was impressed by the inventive and realistic re-telling initially. I love the idea of modernizing Joseph! However, when the “banishment” from Colorado and “breakup” occurred - it felt forced and fake. I just couldn’t believe anyone would accept the “deal” Joseph does. Or that no one would talk about it afterwards.

I was also a little confused by the negativity shown to the Polish...more
Jeremy James
I am consistently amazed at each book Mr. Evans releases. He always manages to breathe fresh life into each of his Christmas novels. I find it impossible to stop reading once I've cracked open that first page. This book is no exception.

Being a modern retelling of Joseph and the coat of many colors, A Winters Dream tells the story of a talented and upcoming advertising executive working for the family business his father built. As a step brother of a large family he garners much anger and envy fr...more
Rachel
3.5 Stars (haven't made a firm decision yet)

A pretty enjoyable read. I kept going back to it, wanting to know what would happen next even though I know the Bible story like the back of my hand. It is pretty accurate to the story and I enjoyed how the author played with the names in keeping them accurate to the Bible story but believable for modern day. They were quite fun acctually, such as Timothy Ishmael, the names of the 12 sons (some the same, some different yet very similar), and Joseph Jac...more
Annette
Typical RPE. Easy, likable read.

Letter from father:

“Adversity is not a detour. It is part of the path. You WILL encounter obstacles. You WILL make mistakes. Be grateful for both. Your obstacles and mistakes will be your greatest teachers. And the only way to not make mistakes in this life is to do nothing, which is the biggest mistake of all.
Your challenges, if you'll let them, will become your greatest allies. Mountains can crush or raise you, depending on which side of the mountain you choose...more
Steve Pifer
Dec 10, 2013 Steve Pifer marked it as to-read
I have found that most books are either literary works and can be very satisfying on many levels, such as the ironies, symbolisms, and just the clever and artistic portrait of words and passages that make me stand in awe of the authors compelling understanding and use of the English language. There is also depth of character development and philosophical twists and situations that make me consider my own ways in life.
Then there are books that are simpler, that find and drive home a clever plot,...more
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“My Dear Son,
I am so very proud of you. Now, as you embark on a new journey, I'd like to share this one piece of advice. Always, always remember that - adversity is not a detour. It is part of the path.

You will encounter obstacles. You will make mistakes. Be grateful for both. Your obstacles and mistakes will be your greatest teachers. And the only way to not make mistakes in this life is to do nothing, which is the biggest mistake of all.

Your challenges, if you let them, will become your greatest allies. Mountains can crush or raise you, depending on which side of the mountain you choose to stand on. All history bears out that the great, those who have changed the world, have all suffered great challenges. And, more times than not it's precisely those challenges that, in God's time, lead to triumph.

Abhor victimhood. Denounce entitlement. Neither are gifts, rather cages to damn the soul. Everyone who has walked this earth is a victim of injustice. Everyone.

Most of all, do not be too quick to denounce your sufferings. The difficult road you are called to walk may, in fact be your only path to success.”
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